[09/20/12 - 10:53 AM]
Diane Kruger Takes the Lead in FX Drama Pilot "The Bridge"
Gerardo Naranjo will direct the project from a script Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid.

[via press release from FX]


Production Begins This Fall with Gerardo Naranjo Set to Direct

LOS ANGELES - September 20, 2012 - Diane Kruger has signed on as the lead actress for FX's latest drama series pilot, The Bridge, which begins production this fall in El Paso and Los Angeles with acclaimed Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) at the helm.

Based on an international hit series, the pilot for The Bridge was adapted for American television by Meredith Stiehm (Homeland) and Elwood Reid (Hawaii Five-0). Adapted from the Scandinavian series i Bron, The Bridge centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. The Bridge is executive produced by Stiehm and Reid, alongside Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren and Jane Featherstone. The Bridge is a co-production of Shine America and FX Productions.

Kruger will play El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North, a dogged cop who lacks tact, warmth and empathy. Shockingly candid, she calls the world like she sees it - which can be off-putting to her colleagues, but also refreshing and funny. When a body is dumped on the bridge that spans the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border, North is forced to work with Marco Ruiz, a Mexican detective who has everything she doesn't: a spouse, a family and the ability to relate to other humans.

Diane Kruger was most recently seen as Marie Antoinette in Benoit Jacquot's film Farewell, My Queen which opened the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival this year to rave reviews. In 2011, Kruger starred in Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed hit Inglourious Basterds, for which she earned a Screen Actors Guild Award(R) nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and won the SAG Award(R) as part of the ensemble cast.

Kruger most recently wrapped production on The Host, a sci-fi thriller opposite Saoirse Ronan and William Hurt due out March 2013. She will also star in the new Terrence Malick-produced film titled Green Blades Rising that focuses on Abraham Lincoln's youth in the vast wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality.

Some of Kruger's other films credits include Troy, Wicker Park. the Oscar(R)-nominated French film Joyeux Noel, Copying Beethoven, Mr. Nobody, Inhale, and the high grossing Jerry Bruckheimer National Treasure films opposite Nicolas Cage.


Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser, Tabatha Takes Over, Shear Genius, and The Buried Life; adaptations of Shine Group formats MasterChef, One Born Every Minute and Parental Control; long-running scripted hits The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Tudors; and over 20 groundbreaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through its distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.

About FX Productions

FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, the upcoming comedy Legit, and the new late night series BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, and the upcoming drama The Americans. FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games. It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio. FXP recently entered into a cable first-look deal with Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and their production company, Touchy Feely Films.

About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series Sons of Anarchy and Justified; the miniseries American Horror Story, which earned 17 primetime Emmy(R) Awards, tying for the most nominations of any program this year and the most nominations for a miniseries in basic cable history; the acclaimed hit comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, BrandX with Russell Brand, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's other offerings include the acquired hit series Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, and live sports with UFC and NCAA football.

  [september 2012]  


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